Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe, says Donald Trump, the US President, is behaving like the biblical “Goliath” by threatening sovereign nations with extinction.
He made the comments during his speech at the 72nd Unitd Nations General Assembly in New York, an event which was also attended by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In his speech, Donald Trump had very harsh words for the governments of Venezuela, Iran and North Korea, accusing them of running rogue regimes.
Of North Korea, Trump said: “No nation on earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles. If (the U.S.) is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”
But Mugabe, who was pictured appearing to be dozing during Trump’s speech, said Trump should not behave like a “Goliath”, but should rather “blow his trumpet” to the tunes of “unity, peace, cooperation, togetherness and dialogue”.
Watch Mugabe’s speech here:
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Meanwhile, Ri Yong Ho, North Korea’s Foreign Minister, who also attended the assembly, likened Trump’s comments to the barking of a dog.
“If he was thinking he could scare us with the sound of a dog barking, that’s really a dog dream,” Ho said.